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Bubblegum Plum®

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Item #28742, Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Description

Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Also called toka plum

Easy-to-grow fruit that smells and tastes like bubblegum! This heavy-producing tree yields crops of medium-to-large plums. Fruit has reddish-bronze skin and juicy yellow flesh that’s as sweet as candy. Tree has a lovely, erect, vase shape. Originates from South Dakota in 1911. Tolerant of temperatures as low as -50ºF. Cold-hardy. Clingstone. Ripens in late August. Best pollinator: Superior Plum. (Prunus americana x Prunus salicina)

Characteristics

Bloom Color Cream, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late August-early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich, Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Mostly as a cross pollinator for the Superior Plum. We can always give some to the grandkids if we have outgrown the bubblegum flavor.
Jane R on Apr 7, 2017
To cross-pollinate with the Superior Plum I purchased and because these are wonderful plums!
Garland D on Feb 2, 2017
Mostly as a cross pollinator for the Superior Plum. We can always give some to the grandkids if we have outgrown the bubblegum flavor.
Jane R on Apr 7, 2017
Love sweet plums and don't have this one.
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
To cross-pollinate with the Superior Plum I purchased and because these are wonderful plums!
Garland D on Feb 2, 2017
My 12 yr old son is intrigued by the description of the flavor. I have another mini yellow fruit plum tree that I think this would be a great compliment to.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
This is supposed to grow well in northern locations. (I live in Connecticut). I got this and Superior Plum for cross pollination.
Karen B on Oct 12, 2016
My daughter loves plums. I thought this would be a good candidate to grow in a small space.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
Love sweet plums and don't have this one.
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
My 12 yr old son is intrigued by the description of the flavor. I have another mini yellow fruit plum tree that I think this would be a great compliment to.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
Is this tree partially self fruitful? If i dont plant another variety will i still see some fruit. When i look at the other plum trees is says it needs a polinator. This tree doesnt say that.
Brett on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I bought the Bubblegum and Superior plum trees together, to cross-pollinate, but my Superior plum has now died, so I was also wondering if the Bubblegum could be self-fruitful. It's in full bloom right now, so in a few months I'll see whether or not it bears fruit. But to the best of my knowledge and research, no, it is not self-fruitful and you will need to get another variety: ideally a Superior, Alderman, or BlackIce.
What are the chill requirements of the total plum and what is the approximate age of the Supreme xl, Toka plum?
Paul U on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bubblegum?? (or Toka) Plum has a chill-hours requirement of only about 400 hours. The Supreme XL tree is two years old, but is exceptionally vigorous. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
My tree is growing well and has many fruitlets every spring, but for three years running I've lost the entire crop to what I suspect are sawflies. What's the best way to deal with this?
Jason H on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Growers have reported great success in defeating sawflies with this: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/monterey-fruit-tree-spray-plus. Should you decide to try it, please let us know how it goes? We hate to see crop loss like this and hope this will solve your problem.
I have this tree as well as Santa Rosa and Methley. Are those good enough as pollinators or do I really need to add superior as well?
Jeff L on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good news! You are all set. Santa Rosa and Methley with take care of your Bubblegum Plum.
Will this Bubblegum plum pollinate with a Starking delicious plum?
Anna H on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have similar bloom times.
I have a Santa Rosa plum tree at home. Will it pollinate with the Bubblegum Plum if I add one?
Dennis L on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would be an iffy proposition, because Bubblegum blooms later than Santa Rosa.
Is there a tree that produces plums with a red flesh that can be used as a pollinator with a bubblegum plum?
myklx on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One plum variety that comes to mind is called 'Black Ice' and it has red flesh, plus it is a recommended pollinator for the Bubblegum plum.
Will this Bubblegum/Toka cross-pollinate with an "American Plum" tree?
David L on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Difficult to say. One key factor would be whether their bloom times overlap. You may want to contact your local growers/experts for some experienced insight.

Customer Reviews

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Bubblegum (Toka) plum
Very pleased. It is developing into a very nicely shaped tree requiring minimal pruning and is doing well in my pH 7.6 soil! It bloomed this spring in its third year and has set quite a bit of fruit. I had a serious aphid attack recently but controlled it with Malathion.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
These are such sweet tasty jewels and they make wonderful jam/ jelly as well as eating them fresh. Tree's are loaded with blossoms again this year.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Patience Required
So you've decided on a fruit tree! It's exciting and Stark Bros has my recommendation. I bought my Bubblegum Plum tree 4/28/13 and it is 6/19/16 now. It took about 3 years to see fruit(which is normal amount of time to wait for fruit trees to start to produce). Buying and maintaining fruit trees is for the patient. So if you want fast, go buy something on Amazon otherwise. Sit back, order up some Stark Bros trees, plant in a sunny location and add some love on your part. In 3 years you may see some fruit.
June 19, 2016
Doing Great
Tree is growing vigorously, even blossomed this spring but I did not allow it to fruit. It has put on probably 30 inches of growth since planted last July.
June 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
Bought two BG's and 1 Methly premium bare root trees. Planted them in large pots and am training them as 6' high - 3 cordon espalier so I can reach them and take them with me if I move. I'm too old for lasdders which is why I cut down 3 perfectly good plums to make room for the new dwarfs. Stripping young fruit till year 3 harvest and they are growing well. Oh yes, you have to water them often but it's worth the effort. Stopped using Stark's competitors stock years ago. Bob, Atlanta, GA [on a 3/4 acre suburban lot]
July 24, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
bubblrgum plum
a large attractive tree which bloomed this spring. weather was cold wet and windy, so no fruit set. Seems resistant to disease and bugs.
August 7, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
so far so good!
This is only its second year so I haven't had any fruit from it yet. However, it was shipped well and it overwintered well. It bloomed this year at the same time as the superior plum so I have high hopes!
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great Tree
Bought it late in the spring last year. Can't wait to try some!!
August 22, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Blossoms!
This is doing well and I had the most beautiful blossoms!
May 5, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So far so good
We purchased the bubblegum plum tree last year from Stark brothers. The tree has done well, and is growing sufficiently. Still waiting for fruit, but then of course it's only been 12 months since we plant the tree so that could take a while. Can't wait to get some fruit :) maybe next year?
June 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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